In 2025, machines will perform more tasks than humans
AFP 17 / 09 / 2018
Robots will achieve 52% of current business tasks from 2025, according to a World Economic Forum study released on Monday that says "the robot revolution will create 58 million net new jobs over the next five years."
"By 2025, more than half of all current tasks performed in the workplace will be performed by machines, against 29% today," say the researchers of the foundation based in Geneva, known in particular for organizing each year the Davos Forum.
Some sectors will be more affected than others by automation. The report predicts that, by 2022, 75 million jobs could disappear, especially in accounting, secretarial services, assembly plants, customer management centers and postal services.
But researchers believe that 133 million jobs could be created in parallel, mainly in connection with the digital revolution: artificial intelligence, data processing (big data), computer software, marketing ... Developers and specialists in new technologies will be very requested.
"Aviation, travel and tourism industry" project "highest reconversion needs during 2018-2022 period", according to survey of 12 business sectors activity within 20 developed and emerging economies.
"Skills shortages are also of particular concern in the areas of information and communications technology, financial services, and mining and metals."
In the end, "so close to 50% of companies predict by 2022 a decrease in their full-time workforce due to automation, nearly 40% anticipate instead an overall increase in their workforce and more than a quarter expects automation to create new jobs, "says the report.
The concrete consequences for employees are hard to predict, but researchers expect a "huge disruption ... within the global workforce," with "significant changes in quality, location, format and permanence of functions ".
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